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Sustainable Energy Security and Energy Independence

We have all seen the headlines that appeared recently with the signing into legislation of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. While many of us are still confronting the realities of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this new legislation has an even more important impact on the electric power community.

The headlines that emerged from the enactment of the new legislation revolved around mandates for improvements in automobile mileage, more use of ethanol, efficient light bulbs and efficient buildings. That is all well and good and represents meaningful progress toward at least a measure of energy independence. However, little attention was given to Title Nine, hidden in the latter sections of the 300-plus page bill, signed into law in December, 2007. This new legislation includes some notable and progressive items including a statement of purposes for the Energy Independence Act as set forth in the preamble:

To move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to
increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase
the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and
deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy
performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

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The Washington Energy Track – Looking in from the Outside

Over the past few weeks, Newton-Evans Research in the person of the author has been represented at two Washington D.C. energy-related conferences dealing with energy policy issues. The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) was the sponsor of the Fourth Annual State of the Energy Industry conference held at the National Press Club on January 16th (link to video opens in a new window). USEA was also a co-sponsor for the February 5th Powering Our Low Carbon Future conference along with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Three more upcoming Washington conferences also appear to merit our attention and we will be reporting on each of these conferences.

Next week, I will report to our readers following the 2008 National Electricity Delivery Conference sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC). Early in March, Newton-Evans will report from the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. In early April, the Department of Energy�s Energy Information Administration (EIA) will sponsor its Annual Energy Conference and Newton-Evans will be represented as well at this important DoE analyst conference.

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Interim Findings from SCADA Study

Some of the interim findings of Newton-Evans’ North American EMS/SCADA/DMA study have been cited in an article published by www.metering.com. The article, titled, Significant activities underway to develop smart grid components, highlights the Automated Metering Infrastructure and Outage Management System portions of our study. Click here to read the article (Article opens in a new window.)

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Significant Activities Underway to Develop Smart Grid Components

Early Findings from 2008 Newton-Evans Study of Electric Power Control Center Officials Indicate Significant Activities Underway to Develop Smart Grid Components and Strengthen Security Measures. System Reliability Issues Leading to Increased Spending on Energy Management and SCADA Systems Upgrades. Click here to read the full news release (Adobe .pdf opens in a new window.)

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Utility Automation & Engineering T&D Article

Newton-Evans was recently cited in the January 2008 edition of Utility Automation & Engineering T&D Magazine, which is available online here (link opens in a new window.) The article, titled “Getting Equipped: No Single Bullet Wounded the World Transformer Market,” discusses the reasons for increasing transformer costs in the electric power industry.

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